Full back Benjamin Mendy cost Pep Guardiola and Manchester City $68 million, but perhaps he’ll be just as valuable as a very expensive sports psychologist.
The “Shark Team” member was amusing on social media even before his ACL injury sent him to the sidelines until at least April, but he’s become a must-follow Twitter fixture with his in-game messages (See some of his work below).
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City faces Burnley at 10 a.m. ET Saturday (Watch live on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).
It’s fairly clear his act has translated in private, too, as apparently Mendy is just as good in group messages (Let us in, Pep. We won’t tell anyone). From ManCity.com:
“Usually, players who are out for a long time with injury are sad. They sometimes train apart and feel isolated.
“Mendy decided to be present. He is communicating on social media, WhatsApp and he calls his teammates and messages me. He is going to be so important outside the pitch because people like him make the atmosphere much better.”
It’s not surprising for anyone who’s been following the former Le Havre, Marseille and Monaco man.
Keep in mind, these Tweets below are from the last few days alone!
Pep Guardiola‘s seen two of his top talents injured in the last week, one on the field and one of it.
Benjamin Mendy confirmed this week that he faced a long absence following a ruptured ACL, and Guardiola said Friday that he doesn’t expect the wing back to return until at least April.
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That’s admittedly a foot note, though, given the overnight news that star striker Sergio Aguero was injured in a car accident in Netherlands. Guardiola updated Aguero’s status, and said he has not problem with the forward using his day off to go to a concert outside of England.
“I will speak to him today. First impression is he has broken his rib.
“Day off is to be happy. I am a trainer who doesn’t want to train every day because they need to rest, mentally and physically.
Guardiola said Aguero is “okay.” Man City certainly has the depth to handle his absence, though the timing is difficult as they visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
Well, the news isn’t good for one of Manchester City’s big summer signings.
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The club revealed on Thursday that Benjamin Mendy has suffered a ruptured ACL in his right knee and the defender will have surgery to repair it.
Mendy went to see a specialist in Barcelona, where the surgery will take place on Friday.
The injury occurred during City’s 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last weekend, with Mendy being forced out of the match prior to the 30th minute.
There is no timetable for the 23-year-old’s return, but it’s expected that he will miss the entire Premier League season given the severity of his injury.
Benjamin Mendy‘s knee injury seems a little worse than Manchester City first feared.
Mendy, 23, came off in the first half of City’s 5-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday after a tackle with Andros Townsend and initial scans on his swollen knee were inconclusive.
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Now, multiple reports state that Mendy has flown to Barcelona to meet with renowned knee surgeon Ramon Cugat for more tests and scans as City fear ligament damage.
That could mean months out of action for the $75 million left back who joined from AS Monaco this summer.
If Mendy is to spend a long period of time on the sidelines it would be a big blow for Man City as the French international has brought balance and real quality to the left back role.
Marauding forward whenever he gets the chance and whipping in delicious crosses, Mendy has been a revelation on the pitch and off it he has already captured the hearts of City’s fans with his social media antics.
Guardiola does have Danilo who can slot in comfortably to the left back role and also hinted at Fabian Delph playing in that role with City facing Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League this week and then traveling to Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Spirits are high in Manchester City camp after Pep Guardiola‘s corps of backs helped the team to a 4-0 away win versus Feyenoord in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
John Stones scored twice, and both Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker had assists in the win, prompting Mendy to call out Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus (who also scored in the win).
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As for the architect, Pep Guardiola pointed out that the road victory is a huge step for the club after going winless away from the Etihad Stadium last campaign.
And he pointed out that folks who were critical of his splashing cash on Mendy, Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo, and Ederson this summer just saw why City keeps spending big.
“We have made a huge effort to buy five players to make that step forward, like all the big teams have done in Europe. It’s important to see if we can go away and play with an attacking mentality, not conceding counter-attacks.”
Most expected City to pick up a win on Wednesday, but this sort of decisive victory with so many new faces on the road staked a claim to the group.